2010 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 750ml

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2010 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

(100% cabernet sauvignon, from vineyards in Calistoga and Oakville): Good full medium ruby. Expressive, slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, licorice pastille, mocha, coffee, black olive, minerals and crushed rock. Youthfully tight but densely packed and serious, with a piquant vein of peppery acidity enlivening the concentrated flavors of currant, minerals and spices. Finishes with outstanding rising length and a firm spine of acids and harmonious tannins. Lay this one down. I significantly underrated this wine from barrel a year ago, when it came across as greener.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Advocate | 96

The flagship wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two sources, 73% from the Dutch Henry Canyon area in Calistoga and 27% from Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville. This wine spent 19 months in three-fourths new French oak. A sensational effort, it reveals copious notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, mulberries, black currants, licorice and charcoal. This beautifully crafted, full-bodied Cabernet possesses impressive delineation and a long finish with moderate tannin as well as decent acidity for vibrancy. Approachable now, it should continue to drink well for at least a quarter of a century.

Drink Dates: 2013-2038
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 209

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Wine Spectator | 88

Trim and spicy, offering a graceful mix of dried currant, dark berry, cedar, tobacco leaf, dried herb and crushed rock. Bordeaux-like in restraint and detail.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Lail - J Daniel Cuvee:

2008 (1.5L)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
1996 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


Founded by John and Robin Lail and made by Philippe Melka, the Lail winery has for years specialized in producing the John Daniel Cuvee. This wine is sourced from Robin's vineyard, named for her father, who was the general manager of Inglenook in the 1940s, and was the great nephew of Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook's 19th century founder. A recent addition to the lineup has been a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc under the Blueprint label, recognizing John's architecture business.

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